Clovis 200pxClovisClovis has always been a bit of an enigma. She started out a tiny, wobbly kitten, and her condition progressed, affecting her mobility and breathing. Countless veterinary specialists have examined and tested her but could never find a specific diagnosis.  Just after she turned two, we were only told by those at the top of their field that she had a “progressive congenital neuropathy”, which means that she was born with a neurological disorder that was getting worse.   We were told that she had a month, maybe two, to live.  That was 7 years ago.

Having Dr. Bryant as our primary veterinarian saved Clovis’s life and has given us seven fantastic years (and counting) with our precious little cat.  When others looked at Clovis and saw her situation as “black and white”, Dr. Bryant was able to see the gray area.  She could see that Clovis was very happy and, all things considered, was quite a healthy cat.  We knew that we weren’t going to “fix” Clovis; that wasn’t our goal.  She was never going to run or jump again, but she could have a fulfilling, quality life, even if it was a bit unconventional.  

Dr. Bryant’s vigilant care and responsiveness keeps Clovis healthy and pain-free.  She routinely checks in to ensure that we are still on the proper path.  When new challenges arise, we revisit Clovis’s plan and update it as needed.  

I don’t know of anyone else who would have given Clovis a chance.  According to the conventional consensus, ending her life because it was different was the only solution.  Only Dr. Bryant saw what I see:  Clovis’s indomitable spirit and will to have a happy life.  Not a day goes by that I am not eternally grateful that Dr. Bryant is in our lives.  Without her, there would be no Clovis.

On many occasions, we have discussed how we will assess when it’s Clovis’s “time.”  Not doing so is irresponsible and unfair.  I know, though, when that time comes, it will truly be because Clovis’s quality of life is suffering and not because a cookie-cutter assessment told me that she shouldn’t be alive.